FAQs about the Looking for Alaska Movie

by John Green on July 21, 2006

Before we get to the day’s proper blogging, My dear friend Dean has recently taken a break from constantly complaining that I don’t link to his web site often enough to begin improving this Web site in various ways. For instance, I now apparently have an RSS and/or Atom feed, whatever those are. More exciting improvements forthcoming.

Also: Tuesday is the last day for you to enter the Contest Contest, wherein the person who suggests the best idea for a Contest to give away copies of “An Abundance of Katherines” will themselves win a free autographed advanced copy of “An Abundance of Katherines”

But about that movie: Lately I have gotten a lot of questions about the “Looking for Alaska” movie, and so I thought I would answer some.

Q. Is “Looking for Alaska” being made into a movie?
A. That depends on what your definition of is is. About a year ago, the movie rights for “Alaska” were sold to Paramount, with Josh Schwartz (who created The O.C.) agreeing to write and direct the movie. The producers are also really great. Things are moving forward, but it will be quite a while before a movie starts shooting, so don’t start standing in line outside your local theater just quite yet. (Incidentally, did you know that famous author Cecil Castellucci stood in line for like four months for Star Wars: Episode I?)

Q. How do you feel about the idea of “Alaska” being a movie?
A. Good. I think Josh is a very good writer, which helps keep me from worrying. But regardless, you can’t worry too much about these things. To me, a book and the movie it is “based” on are only tangentially related. I’ve never been worried about the movie being an accurate adaptation of the book–partly because I’d rather have the movie be good than faithful, and partly because I don’t think it’s possible to make an adaptation that’s “true” to a book. There’s no way Alaska will look on screen like she looks in your head, is what I’m saying. And that’s okay.

Q. Who is going to play Alaska? Pudge? Takumi? Do you think they’ll cast the movie with people from The O.C.? Will Mischa Barton play Alaska? Etc.
A. I have no idea who will play anyone, but I rather doubt the cast of The O.C. will be featured in “Alaska.”

Q. Have you met Josh Schwartz?
A. I have.

Q. Is he really really hot?
A. He’s a nicely put together fellow.

Q. Is he hotter than Seth Cohen? Does he look like Seth Cohen?
A. Let’s talk about issues of substance. (Also, this is not really one of my areas of expertise.)

Q. Will there be any open casting calls?
A. I don’t know. But if there are, I will certainly let you know via this very blog.

Q. Do you know what’s going to happen next year on The O.C.?
A. No. Honestly I don’t even know exactly what happened this year on The OC, because we’re always busy on Thursdays and so I wait for the DVDs to come out.

Q. Marissa dies.
A. Thanks, jerkface.

Q. Everyone says that Hollywood is dirty and horrible. Do you agree?
A. I don’t know. It has its dirty and horrible parts. And I would never move there on account of how it seems to work out poorly for people in my family. But some of the writers I like the most live and work in Hollywood, and through the “Alaska” movie project I’ve met some people who I really admire. My experience has been very, very positive.

Q. So far.
A. Right. So far. You’re quite pessimistic, aren’t you?

Q. It’s my nature.
A. Fair enough. Any other questions?

Q. I think that’s it.
A. Okay. Well if anyone else has any questions, they should feel free to leave them in comments.

{ 335 comments… read them below or add one }

Isabel April 29, 2015 at 2:19 pm

I was wondering if there is any more news on Looking for Alaska becoming a movie


Georgia June 26, 2015 at 2:53 pm

Is Kaya out of skins going to play Alaska I think she would play her amazingly?


lola July 1, 2015 at 10:36 am

jesus i hope so!!!!!!! That’d be amazing!! !MAKE IT HAPPEN


Julia July 12, 2015 at 6:31 am

Yes, please, Kaya Scodelario as Alaska!


whitney August 9, 2015 at 1:58 pm

I really want Kaya to play Alaska. I think she fits her perfectly!


Anna July 7, 2015 at 1:55 am

I think Zooey Deschanel as Alaska, Dylan O’brien as Pudge, Jeremy Sumpter as the Colonel and Ki Hong Lee as Takumi would be the perfect cast!


Thonkhaw July 19, 2015 at 2:41 pm

I think that Will Poulter should be the Colonel.


Laila Elmattrawy July 22, 2015 at 9:51 pm



Rhiannon August 24, 2015 at 5:10 pm

Yeeees she would be perfect I can’t think of anyone better to cast for Alaska’s role she suits her so well


Diego July 24, 2015 at 2:56 pm

Please you wont regret!!! Alaska has to be kaya scodelario


Grace Kilbane July 25, 2015 at 11:32 pm

Kaya Scodelario would be the best person to play Alaska. I can’t think of anyone who would fit the role better.


maariyah July 31, 2015 at 11:39 am

I think Dylan O’Brien as Pudge, Kaya Scodelario as Alaska, Josh Hutcherson as the Colonel and Ki Hong Lee as Takumi would be the ideal cast. BUT PLEASE MAKE KAYA ALASKA YOUNG!!!!!!!!


ashley August 4, 2015 at 4:03 am

kaya scodelario as alaska definetely, i cannot picture anyone other than her, i might cry if she doesnt play her but anyways… ALEX WOLFF AS PUDGE YEAYESYES!! hed be so great he fits the look so much and hes sooo funny, or if not pudge, chip bc chip is really funny & alex is really good at playing the super funny friend that makes someone feel better. &&& then justin chon as takumi!!!!!!!!!!


Brogan Modd August 6, 2015 at 10:22 pm

How do you acquire extras for the film? Is there something certain you have to do to become one? Hope you’re having a great day!


Taylor August 8, 2015 at 1:54 am

I honestly think Dove Cameron should play Alaska in this movie. She has all the right qualities to play her. Anytime miles would mention how she looked it all came back to dove. She has the green eyes and the blonde hair and the shortness and the same body type. She’s literally perfect for the role. Like what other actress has the same exact appearance like she does. It was like miles was describing Dove. I also got the image of Nick Robinson as miles. My head wouldn’t let me picture anyone else, dove and Nick were who I imagined for Alaska and Miles. But in all reality I haven’t seen or heard of an actor to play the other characters, I have images in my head but no one seems to fit how the book describes. But I do believe who they choose for those roles will fit nicely. But I really do hope Dove Cameron is Alaska. Please be Dove.


Linda August 9, 2015 at 5:44 pm

totally agree that nick robinson would be great as pudge but i prefer kaya scodelario as alaska
also alaska has brown hair. miles says so in the funeral scene that her hair has the same colour (mahagony) as the coffin


ava August 13, 2015 at 6:45 pm

kaya scodelario would play a great Alaska


Cami Ann September 10, 2015 at 6:30 pm

KAYA WOULD MAKE THE PERFECT ALASKA. I LOVE KAYA SO MUCH. I can see the tmr fandom is on this page


Trisha October 3, 2015 at 10:04 pm

I can’t think of anyone else! but if you haven’t notice…….


Trisha October 3, 2015 at 10:08 pm

I can’t think of anyone else! but if you haven’t notice…….


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ana fangirl November 1, 2015 at 3:51 pm

i want Dylan to play Miles and Selena to play Alaska :3


ana fangirl November 1, 2015 at 3:51 pm

pls Dylan O’Brien and Selena Gomez *O*


Genevieve January 4, 2016 at 6:24 am

So happy when I heard rumours that Josh Hutcherson is playing the Colonel


Jolee January 8, 2016 at 8:58 pm

Okay. May I just say I am SO excited for this movie?!!?


NoƩmie January 31, 2016 at 6:04 pm

Is the cast done? Sounds crazy, but I’d love to try to play Alaska, a lot of my friends told me I look like her, and because like most of every readers the book (and she) completely turned me upside down. I’m French and I tried to find out how on internet but I didn’t found anything. Please.


big fan February 5, 2016 at 6:15 am



fancygirl February 5, 2016 at 6:16 am

kaya scodelario as alaska would be perfection


someone out there February 5, 2016 at 6:17 am

Kaya Scodelario as Alaska


Abby March 12, 2016 at 11:10 am

Hi John! I’ve read most of your books (aside from “Will Grayson, Will Grayson”, which I anticipate reading soon) and thus far “Alaska” is my favorite (although all of them are extraordinary). What would your dream cast be if you had to come up with one?


Brianna March 30, 2016 at 9:19 pm

I think that Willa Holland as Alaska Dylan O’Brien as Pudge, Josh Hutcherson as Chip, Ki Hong Lee as Takumi, Chloe Grace Mortez as Lara, Emma Roberts as Sarah, and Alexander Ludwig as Jake



helloitsme April 24, 2016 at 12:17 am

i pictured nick robinson as pudge when i read the book! i watch a series where nick being awkward and bullied just like pudge on his first time on the school
dylan obrien should be the colonel because dylan is muscular and fit for strong character
and of course kaya scodelario as alaska!


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